Five Scottish local authorities have joined together to deliver improved recycling and residual waste treatment. East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, and Renfrewshire will work with the waste management company Viridor to process 190,000 tonnes of residual waste annually which would otherwise be sent to landfill.
The waste will be treated at a materials recovery facility in Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire, removing plastics and metals to produce a refuse derived fuel. This will then be transported to Dunbar in East Lothian, where it will be burned at high temperatures to produce 258GWh of low carbon electricity - enough to power 70,656 homes.
It is believed this initiative will help the partner councils comply with the Scottish Government Zero Waste Plan and Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
Source: Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), 22 January 2020